This scenario may seem futuristic, but in reality, it is extremely practical, if supported by a suitable level of expertise which is able to give shape to ideas, in a simple and straightforward manner. Like the Excel machining centre by Biesse. «The centre is extremely precise, versatile and efficient, allowing us to implement our patented process by performing an unlimited number of precise and complex machining operations. This, when combined with an innovative material like Wood-Skin, can produce a range of unusual, unconventional results. Biesse machines allow us to change the state of the material itself and transfer wood and other materials from a solid state to a digital state, in which the material becomes intelligent and is ready to take on other forms, once it has been removed from the machine».
Six years have passed since they first came out with a completely original product "back" in 2013. What has happened since then? "Wood-skin is now a company with an internationally recognised patent that ships its goods all over the world through an increasingly dense network of agents and distributors. We structured the company with one project after another, aiming to offer an increasingly complete product and service for our customers, architects and general contractors who are searching for new solutions, new shapes and new technology. Wood-Skin now consists of 20 people, architects, engineers and computational designers who provide expert advice about how to use and develop our solutions for 3D surfaces across a very diverse array of projects. We continue to operate mainly in interior design, but we are taking important steps toward the outside, where large and important projects await. Our hope was that architects and designers would help us find ways to exploit the market potential of this rigid textile, and fortunately that's what happened. Six years later we have completed dozens of projects all over the world and have seen Wood-Skin receive official recognition as a leading technology for the creation of complex 3D surfaces, thanks to a project that was very significant and iconic for us: in August, in fact, the renovation of hall XIV at the UN in Geneva will be completed by the Peja Associati studio of architecture. And they selected Wood-Skin to create the biggest free-form suspended ceiling in the world!".
Parametric modelling, generative design and artificial intelligence are opening up a world of shapes and optimisations that were unimaginable just a few years ago.